As part of State and Federal legislation truck drivers are required to complete work diaries. The aim of this is to provide structure for fatigue management, therefore making our roads safer places to be. Long ago, in the good old days, the worst scenario for a truckie was to blow a steer tyre or fry a turbo on the Nullarbor, for example. Those days are gone and filling in your work diary is a legal requirement today.
Every day I hear from drivers who have failed to comply with this legal requirement; with the recording rules of the work diary on points that don’t relate to fatigue, leading to the widespread feeling that they are a tool to generate revenue for governments.
These requirements have been around for quite a while now but there are still various interpretations circulating as to what are and are not the correct methods of filling out work diaries and when they should or should not be completed.
1. To clarify some key points that have led to our clients being fined:
a. Name and current driver’s licence number (including the state where licence issued).
b. The day and date of the week;
c. Your base’s address and zone, including if you have more than two employers, list their bases also.
d. The address at which drivers records are kept.
e. Are you working as a solo or a 2 up driver?
f. The address at which driver’s records are kept.
g. Your base’s address and zone, including if you have more than two employers.
2. You must complete the following when finished each work and rest change.
a. The nature of the work or rest change;
b. The length of rest time spent anywhere since the last work and rest change;
c. The length of rest time spent anywhere since the last work and rest change.
d. The registration of each heavy vehicle driven at the time of the change.
e. The registration number of each heavy vehicle driven at the time of the change.
3. You must complete the totals of the work time and the rest time for that day before finishing work.
At the completion of work and prior to commencing rest time, you should be completing your work diary before leaving your truck and equally, at the end of a rest time and before starting work you should complete your diary. The other area attracting attention from authorities is the name spelling of places. It is a subject that is leading to the issuing of fines to drivers along with penalty points which does have implications for licensing.
Make sure you are complying with the rules relating to work diary records so that next time your book is inspected you can relax knowing it is all entered correctly.
Read about Australian transport and truck work diaries and log books. See Hall & Co Solicitors where you can find out all about transport legal advice and how it can help you stay behind the wheel.